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The Dangers of Not Taking Advice

May 8, 2008

The Roger Clemens saga just continues to amaze.  Its like a slow motion train wreck that gets worse and worse as time goes on.  The way that his legacy has unraveled is amazingly sad to see.

I was struck when listening to sports radio the other day by an observation about Clemens.  One of the baseball writers who checks in from time to time, Peter Gammons, was quoted as saying “I don’t think Roger takes advice”.  If he had taken advice, even at this late stage after he had made many mistakes, he probably would have heard from those around him who know him best that “you shouldn’t make a fuss about your credibility, because as people go digging, they will discover things in your past that will bring you even lower than you are now”.

I don’t mean to pick on Roger Clemens.  In fact, we are all prone to ignore advice, aren’t we?  In the end, we are as bad or worse than Clemens, because we do the same things.  It is an amazing temptation to ignore the council of others, to be deluded by our own flesh that tells us that our idea is really the best one.  To ignore the council of others is not just dumb, it is dangerous – we can make mistakes that will affect our lives in negative ways for years afterward, or perhaps for the rest of our lives.  However, when we do fall, when we allow our pride to mess up our lives, we have a great High Priest, Jesus Christ, who died for us, forgives us, and now pleads with the Father on our behalf.

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  1. May 8, 2008 2:17 pm

    So true bro. So true. It’s a very difficult thing to take (much more: ask for) advice and counsel. That’s because we trust ourselves and are blinded to thinking we see clearly.

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